Luxury apartment living in New York City often crosses the line to a hotel-like atmosphere. With amenities like dry cleaning drop-offs, state-of-the-art fitness centers, and grand lobbies (not to mention meals eaten out several nights a week) wealthy city dwellers may feel like their apartments are an actual suite.
But some ritzy homes in the city blur the line between the two -- apartment hotels.
The Ritz Tower, at 465 Park Ave., describes itself as “the city's most elegant apartment hotel.”
Though it isn’t an apartment hotel in the traditional sense currently — having short term stays — the coop does offer hotel-style services — including room service for lunch and dinner, maid and concierge service, safe deposit boxes, check cashing, postal services, laundry and dry cleaning.
But there is more to this uptown luxury tower than convenience as its history is rich in architecture and famous residents.
Built in 1926, the Emery Roth designed structure “caught the Jazz Age in stone, and announced the beginning, at last, of the modern age. At 41 stories, it was the first residential skyscraper in the city and the tallest such structure in the world,” according to a review by CityRealty quoting the book "New York, New York."
The review also takes note of the Ritz Tower’s rooftop finials, setback terraces and height that was triple that of other luxury residential buildings of the era. It was even landmarked by the city in 2002.
Built as a residential hotel, managed by the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, it also once reportedly housed the famed French restaurant Le Pavillon, its second location following a move. It closed at 57th and Park Avenue in 1971.
Those looking to buy into this exclusive coop can find a fixer upper for sale at a recently reduced $1,875,000.
The three bedroom, three bath unit is described as having “ beautifully proportioned rooms with high ceilings.” It also features herringbone floors, six over-sized windows, and a wet bar.
No matter how much is done to the inside, it’s apparently all about the city views with this home, and of course the white glove service.